Butte Creek Falls Trail

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Butte Creek Falls Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Scotts Mills, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
183 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

forest

river

waterfall

wild flowers

muddy

As of August 2018, users have reported that there is a gate stopping vehicles from driving directly the trailhead on Crooked Finger Road. Visitors can park at that gate and walk 2 miles on a gravel road to the trailhead. Visitors can still drive to the trailhead, but must take an alternate route from the east. This route includes Sawtell Road, Family Camp Road, Butte Creek Mainline, Butte Creek 500 Road, then finally Crooked Finger 400 Road which leads you to the campground and trailhead. New route to Butte Creek Falls (courtesy of ODF): - Drive to Scotts Mills, Oregon - In downtown Scotts Mills, near the post office, turn left (east) onto Maple Grove Road - From Maple Grove Road, turn south onto Sawtell Road until you reach the end of the pavement which will then turn briefly to Family Camp Road and then to the Butte Creek Mainline Coordinates: N44 55.257, W122 30.671

27 days ago

New route to Butte Creek Falls (courtesy of ODF):
- Drive to Scotts Mills, Oregon

- In downtown Scotts Mills, near the post office, turn left (east) onto Maple Grove Road

- From Maple Grove Road, turn south onto Sawtell Road until you reach the end of the pavement which will then turn briefly to Family Camp Road and then to the Butte Creek Mainline

Coordinates: N44 55.257, W122 30.671

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1 month ago

great hike even from the first gate so making it a longer hike beutiful day!

hiking
1 month ago

Super easy hike gate is closed but only open to hikers stay to the left of the trail to get to the falls great view only saw 2 hikers when we were there

1 month ago

The path to the trailhead is open through the campground. (I discovered this only after I hiked down) The path down is two miles on a very well maintained road.

The lower falls lookout is a bit insane. You'll see. If you have small children I'd highly recommend avoiding the lower falls lookout, just stay on the path.

The upper falls trail is wonderful. This is a great place to go with the entire family. If you have someone that needs assistance on the path watch out for the rocks at the base of the trail, they're very slippery.

1 month ago

Came from the east through the campground and got to the trailhead. Some rough gravel road for 3-4 miles but worth it. Beautiful hike, perfect for kids. Our 2 and 4 year olds did great. Needed some handholding in a couple spots, particularly near the lower falls. Otherwise a level, well maintained trail.

2 months ago

Can't get to it. Large metal fence just before the left turn stating private property. 8.11.2018

2 months ago

Both gates locked. There is a couple miles of hilly gravel road to walk before coming to the trail head. Actual hike In to the falls was great. With the added gravel hike I would only take older kids that are fine walking a boring, hot road with hills. Falls were cool, we went to the right.

hiking
2 months ago

There is a locked gate; you can no longer access the falls by car. You can park and walk a few miles to get to the trail head. Several people said the wish someone updated the access before driving up.

hiking
3 months ago

The road to get there is small and doesn't always allow two cars at a time. And there's a place nearby where people like to shoot. Otherwise it's a great place to go. The hike is small but the views of the waterfalls are amazing. It seems like a great place to swim too.

3 months ago

Short hike but lots of opportunity for rock scrambling and exploring.

Just beautiful, short but you can spend hours if you’re willing to do a little climbing!

3 months ago

Beautiful, short and relatively easy hike.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike and relatively easy but..... plenty of places for small kids to get hurt and remote location. Be prepared and this short hike is a must see.

hiking
4 months ago

This was so so fun. Not very long, but still very worth it. The upper is easy to get to and has lots of rock jumping and climbing for the kids at heart. The lower is super technical and involves almost vertical rock wall traversing to get to. I took my 6 and 8 year old on it, but that’s because as a dad you look past the danger and see the thrill. Mom would of said no :)

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome trail. Good difficulty level meaning not too hard but will get your hear pounding. Lots of beautiful things to see. Multiple water falls. Great for dogs.

5 months ago

Loved it. Super easy, still plenty of water going down the falls!

5 months ago

Perfect for my 4 & 7 year old, very rewarding hike! Pit toilet at trailhead, but no picnic tables. Might have to go back in summer, when we can swim :)

hiking
5 months ago

this was a beautiful hake. we enjoyed it. but the 0.7 kicked us in the behinds. we cant wait into are next hike but in the between then and now. we r going to start walking.

6 months ago

At the second waterfall, explore down to the riverbed. Gorgeous short hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Went for a drive to find some snow and got to the trailhead so we decided to walk down to the first falls. Beautiful in the winter with the snow and ice. Sadly we did not have time to go to the other falls farther down because it was getting close to dark. This is a beautiful, shorter hike. You can also combined with Abiqua Falls that's not to far from this if you want more adventure.

hiking
7 months ago

short hike with a pair of waterfalls

hiking
9 months ago

A nice little hike for all members of the family. A bonus is the two beautiful waterfalls. Respect the beauty of the forest and leave no trace.

hiking
9 months ago

This is a very nice trail for all members of the family. Respect the beauty of the forest and leave no trace.

9 months ago

Very short hike but beautiful falls that are worth the drive.

Monday, October 16, 2017

I wish it was longer. Beautiful falls. Very easy. Loved going behind the falls.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Great little hike. Very family friendly. There are ways to get down to both of the falls. Can go behind the upper falls. The lower falls is a little trickier and may not be suitable for little ones to get all the way down. However you are still able to see it well from the main trail. Will go back and check out the lakes down the way

hiking
Friday, August 18, 2017

Great short hike to 3 different falls. Beautiful trail.

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Great set of waterfalls.

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

One hour drive from Salem. Last couple miles were dirt road, but no problem with the Ford Fusion in July. Used nav to get there, otherwise could have gotten lost on dirt roads. Hike was pretty short to the bases of the waterfalls. There are an upper and a lower falls. The upper falls have a steep rocky descent that was challenging and quite fun. Two swimming areas, great view. The lower falls were easily accessible and it's an easy river hike to the top of the upper falls! Definitely would do again. Great area to rest a while, picnic, or sling a hammock somewhere close by.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

I don't think we ever found the trail. We ended up just walking the river which was beautiful. Then we went off the river following an old deer trail and came across an old truck that must've fallen off the cliff. Then we came to a road and took the gravel road to a paved road and hiked back to scotts mills scout park.

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